With one winter storm already recorded in the books; there’s no doubt that it’s getting cold. Today in the desert southwest it’s a balmy 27 degrees. Even a sub-tropical paradise is no longer immune to the effects of a winter storm. In a typical season, winter storms can wreak havoc, causing billions of dollars in damages.
Posted on 02. Dec, 2013.
U.S. developers received approval in October to build apartments at the fastest pace in five years which could lead to economic growth. According to...
Posted on 19. Nov, 2013.
Sales volumes for U.S. multifamily properties rose 47 percent and reached $25 billion in the third quarter, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.
Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 by Leonard Baron.
When you own real estate – whether an investment or a personal residence – you should procure the proper type and dollar value of insurance needed for your property. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the basics of how insurance coverage works, and many individuals just want to spend “as little as possible” on insurance. The trouble comes about when there is an problem, like a fire, slip-n-fall, or lawsuit. If you don’t have the right type of insurance, nor enough coverage, it could end up costing you a lot of money. So let’s go over the basics herein, plus we’ll discuss renter’s insurance basics and tenant liability insurance basics too.
Posted on 19. Nov, 2013 by Bryan Ives.
Many property management companies are quickly moving their business operations to the cloud. In this complimentary eBook, we cover what cloud computing is, how it can help your business grow and why so many property management companies are using cloud-based software.
Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by Marc Courtenay.
If you’re a potential buyer or a former owner, you’re darned if you try to own and darned if you’re currently an owner. Unless you own a rental home or a multi-family residential income property, the days of buying a house and expecting the price to automatically rise with demand aren’t here yet.
When experiencing an uptick in vacancies, most property managers ask themselves what could be causing their resident to leave. Without asking former tenants directly (or waiting for a bad review) how can you discover the reason for their discontent?
One of the most frequent complaints I here from property owners who don’t live in the same area as their properties is how hard it is for them to find a trustworthy, dependable property manager. “Why is so difficult?” I usually reply. The owners often answer that it’s been there experience that when the property management firm knows you’re not local (and especially if they’re from out-of-state) they don’t give them the same level of service.
While most of us enjoy our job, and wouldn’t dream of trading it for another; there are some things that most property managers absolutely hate to do. While we love meeting new people and enjoy helping them find their perfect home, there are some things that go along with the job many of us hate doing.
Posted on 04. Nov, 2013 by Bryan Ives.
Learn how your property management business can get more exposure on social media in our latest complimentary eBook, “Expert Advice: Social Media Secrets For Property Management Professionals.” In this eBook, you will learn how to approach critical Yelp reviews, the best ways to be found on Pinterest, how to bring value to your Facebook page and much more.
Admittedly, Halloween is one of my favorite days. While serving as the gateway to the upcoming holiday season, Halloween is a day when we can let our inner child out to play. Ghosts, goblins, witches (my personal favorite) and vampires are found everywhere you look. What a great way to spend the day.
While email use is common and is growing faster than “snail mail”, the California legislature does not generally recognize email as a valid delivery method for most formal communications provided by California residential landlords to tenants . California law requires other delivery methods for most formal California residential landlord communications.
At the 2013 NARPM Convention in San Diego, we sponsored visual note taking. Graphic Recorder, Stephanie Crowley, captured the content of the presentations in real time with amazing illustrations and text.
In the real estate game, when we are talking rental properties, one of the most important things that will help you earn more money is long term tenants. The longer the tenant stays, the lower the number of unit turnovers you will have. Turnovers cost money! So as owners, we should do everything possible to keep our tenants – and yes, occasionally there is a bad one we might unfortunately have to “fire” and let vacate! So, let’s talk about a few ways to help the cause!
Posted on 15. Oct, 2013 by Jennifer St. James.
All across the country, a disturbing trend for property management has emerged. What was once a perfectly safe method of rent payment has now become a target for criminals. Are you still asking tenants to deposit their rent checks into a dropbox? Are you thinking it’s a safe option, because you have security cameras?
Posted on 10. Oct, 2013 by Marc Courtenay.
As I’ve anticipated for weeks the Federal Reserve said on September 18th that it would continue buying bonds at an $85 billion monthly pace for the time being. The Fed is concerned that a sharp rise in borrowing costs in recent months could hurt the housing market as well as the rest of the economy.
Posted on 04. Oct, 2013 by Leonard Baron.
When one wants to value property, like an apartment building, to get a feel for what it is worth, there are two different commercially recognized valuation approaches that are used. The first one is the comparable market approach analysis (CMA), which is used both for single unit residences and multi-unit properties. The second valuation approach is called the Capitalization Rate Valuation, or “Cap Rate” and it is used primarily for income producing multi-unit and other commercial properties.
Posted on 30. Sep, 2013 by Sara Thompson.
You already know that you, as a landlord, have a legal obligation to provide your tenants with a safe and secure property. This can usually be accomplished by making sure that every door and window has a working lock, and there is adequate lighting around the exterior. However, even if your property is safe and secure if the neighborhood is sketchy potential tenants will continue to avoid it.
On September 17th with our co-hosts Grace Hill, we hosted an informative webinar titled ‘Hot Technology Trends,’ featuring Nat Kunes, Director of Product Management at AppFolio. Nat discussed which hot technology trends are emerging in the property management market and how you can leverage them to grow your business.
The number one job of the property manager is to lease. Whether it’s a unit in a multi-family complex or a single family home; the success of the property manager lies in large part in how quickly and how effectively they lease empty space. Today, there are more leasing tools available to property managers than ever before.
Posted on 23. Sep, 2013 by Marc Courtenay.
Are you ready for a shocking statistic? The latest psychological data and anecdotal evidence is that a large percentage (some studies show it’s over 50%) of the general public in the U.S. is willing to tell lies. Sometimes people call them “white lies”, others rationalize them as “half truths”, but a lie is a lie. Depending on which organization or school of psychology I’ve contacted, I’ve learned that somewhere between 10 and 15% of the population in America are classified as sociopaths.
Yes, technically it’s still summer, but we all know that Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. While many regions of the U.S. will see warm temperatures well past Labor Day, it’s never too early to start preparing your properties for cooler temperatures. Getting a jump on seasonal preparations will also reduce the likelihood of being caught unprepared by an early winter storm.
Posted on 12. Sep, 2013 by Tara Armbruster.
Before a renter actually goes out and looks at apartment complexes, she browses online to find locations that she might like. Social media has created an opportunity to win over prospective renters before they even visit your complex’s website. But just mentioning your available units is not enough, especially if you’re managing a large property. You need to get creative.
At Fourandhalf, we spend a lot of time talking to our clients about property management marketing techniques. However, even the best marketing strategies will fall short if a property manager isn’t able to close leads. Without a lead management system, your marketing efforts, social media presence, your pay per click programs and your business networking will simply be a way of spending money instead of making it.
Posted on 28. Aug, 2013 by Ted Kimball.
Personal service should generally be attempted before resorting to substituted service or posting and mailing. If the notice is posted, California law requires that it be placed in a conspicuous place on the property. The main entrance door for the property is likely the most “conspicuous place” on the property. To avoid privacy issues, it is also recommended that the notice be turned facing the door, with all four corners taped to the door securely and the words “from management” written on the outside.
Have you noticed fewer tenants wanting to pay rent in ways other than good old checks or direct withdrawal? You’re not alone, and it’s not just a trend in your area. The fact is, adults in more than 24 million U.S. households — one in five — are “un-banked,” with no bank account, or “under-banked,” with adults conducting some or all of their financial transactions outside of the mainstream banking system.
People frequently purchase investment real estate with the belief that they will save some money on their income taxes as a result of their property ownership. And this could be true, but in many cases real estate provides an owner with virtually no tax savings at all. In this article we’ll talk about rental properties and how you can figure out, with your tax advisor, if your real estate ownership will assist you to reduce your annual tax bill.